SYDNEY, Australia — Australian strippers have won the right to take time off after taking their clothes off.
The country's Industrial Relations Commission on Friday approved new workplace rules for members of the strippers' union, the Striptease Artists Australia.
"We've got rights to have public holiday pay now, which we've never had in our career before," said a union spokeswoman called Mystical Melody. "We've got rosters and set hours. We can't work more than 10 hours a shift."
The award also entitles unionized strippers to overtime, rest periods, meal breaks and maternity leave, she added.
"The majority of workers in the industry are women," Melody said, "so it's probably a really great thing for them to be able to feel confident of having a job after they've had their babies."
....In the past, other strippers have criticized the union, saying its demands for better pay and conditions could lead to job losses.